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Empathy and the novel

Author: Suzanne Keen
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, USA, [2007] ©2007
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Does empathy felt while reading fiction actually cultivate a sense of connection, leading to altruistic actions on behalf of real others? Empathy and the Novel presents a comprehensive account of the relationships among novel reading, empathy, and altruism. Drawing on psychology, narrative theory, neuroscience, literary history, philosophy, and recent scholarship in discourse processing, Keen brings together  Read more...
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Keen, Suzanne.
Empathy and the novel.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010
(DLC) 2006022453
(OCoLC)588486360
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Suzanne Keen
ISBN: 9780195343601 0195343603 9781281158970 1281158976 9781429491938 1429491930 9786611158972 6611158979
OCLC Number: 437093391
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xxix, 242 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Contemporary perspectives on empathy --
The literary career of empathy --
Readers' empathy --
Empathy in the marketplace --
Authors' empathy --
Contesting empathy
Responsibility: Suzanne Keen
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Does reading novels cultivate our sympathetic imagination and real-world good citizenship? Keen finds the case for altruistic consequences of novel reading unpersuasive. This book engages with  Read more...

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